Beyond Graduation

We believe education is the way forward, so we help you prepare for and achieve your dreams . . . even those you perhaps didn’t initially imagine.

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll learn and grow, and we provide ample opportunities along the way to ensure your future success. Across majors and disciplines, you’ll find that a Saint Mary’s education is a tremendous value—one that gives you once-in-a-lifetime, hands-on experiences and practical instruction that can be put right to work in your career or graduate studies. 

Our graduates prove time and again that a Saint Mary’s education leads to career and life success. Each year we ask our most recent graduates to share their early career outcomes.

Here’s what the Class of 2015 reported:



Saint Mary's 2015 graduates received employment offers from many leading international, national, and regional organizations, including:

Graduate and Professional School

Six-to-12 months after graduation, 25% of graduates were continuing their education or planning to continue their education—pursuing advanced academic or professional degrees or certifications—to further themselves in their chosen fields.

Saint Mary’s graduates have been accepted by some of the finest graduate schools in the nation and region, including:

  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison


Saint Mary’s graduates become part of the family of 42,000+ loyal Saint Mary’s alumni in Minnesota and throughout the world, many of whom are interested in helping new alumni make connections in their chosen professions.

The TOP EMPLOYERS of Saint Mary’s alumni (undergraduate and graduate degrees) on LinkedIn are:

3M • Allina Health • Best Buy • Hennepin County • Mayo Clinic • Medtronic • Minneapolis Public Schools • State of Minnesota • Target • Thomson Reuters • UnitedHealth Group • University of Minnesota • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo

The TOP FIELDS of Saint Mary’s alumni (undergraduate and graduate degrees) on LinkedIn are:


Alumni Stories

Where do Saint Mary’s students go from here? Hear from our alumni.


Katie Leisen was always drawn to a career in science, enjoying the hands-on work and the potential to truly help people.

Now a research technologist at Mayo Clinic, Katie is well on her way. Having seen members of her family grapple with Alzheimer’s, she sought out a senior-year internship at Mayo’s Anesthesia Department lab, where Alzheimer’s research was being conducted. Leisen knows she wants to obtain her Ph.D. and eventually continue research in Alzheimer’s. “You need to find that passion that wakes you up in the morning every day,” she says, “and I have.”


Now attending law school, Manire Vaughn’s interest in becoming an attorney was influenced by the hands-on experiences Saint Mary’s provided.

Interning at both the Winona County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department, he educated senior citizens about elder abuse and coordinated partnerships and events in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Says Vaughn, “I realize that as a college-educated person, I have the unique privilege of using my education to foster change in policy, legislation, and systems.”

Preston Black

Preston Black ’15 landed a job with the Los Angeles Rams just two months after graduating from Saint Mary’s University.

As a data analyst and business intelligence coordinator, Black works in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system and deals with all aspects of business for the Los Angeles Rams, from concessions to ticket sales to sponsorships, linking all aspects of the business, from finance to customer service, so each area is in communication. 

Julianne Bartosz

As coordinator of public relations for the Chicago White Sox, Julianne Bartosz ’13 contributed to first baseman Paul Konerko’s nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award (which he co-won and was awarded before Game 3 of the 2014 World Series).

In her dream job, she also worked on the script for a pre-game ceremony honoring Yankees legend Derek Jeter on the afternoon of his last big league game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Zachary Cizek

An entrepreneur and self-proclaimed foodie, Zachary Cizek ’11 turned his love for sandwiches into a successful food-stand business based out of Chicago. From there, Cizek created Bollito’s Tuscan Red Sauce, now sold in Chicago and in all 56 Midwest Whole Foods Markets.

Currently Cizek has plans to launch additional sauce varieties and also to expand into the salad dressing market. 

George Stephenson

A Chicago native, George Stephenson graduated from Saint Mary’s with a degree in education and went on to attend law school at William Mitchell.

He has served admirably as an attorney and federal defender for the City of Saint Paul and was appointed and re-elected as judge for the Ramsey County District Court. He is an active volunteer and mentors young lawyers and those interested in a career in law.

Celeste Williams

A professional actress and theatre professor, Celeste Williams’ Chicago credits are numerous.

She is a member of the Columbia College theatre faculty and has twice received the “Best Featured Actress in a Play” award from Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. Williams’ acting career began on a much smaller stage at Saint Mary’s where she received her degree in theatre.

John McDonough

Under John McDonough’s leadership, Forbes has called the Chicago Blackhawks “The Greatest Sports Business Turnaround Ever.”

McDonough’s tenure as President and CEO has corresponded with the Chicago Blackhawks winning Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013, and 2015—the first organization in the NHL’s salary cap era to capture three championships. The university community is regularly inspired by McDonough, a Saint Mary’s communication arts major who continues to support Saint Mary’s in many ways.